Welcome to Laboratories of Democracy, a series for Vox’s The Highlight, where we examine local policies and their impacts.
Jul 22, 2019, 9:07am EDT
February 13, 2020
Being a student is expensive beyond tuition — if you can even afford to be full-time.
January 20, 2020
How can some places use the federal holiday to honor "human rights" and Confederate generals — and not the civil rights leader?
December 17, 2019
How Prohibition lives on in counties across the nation.
December 6, 2019
Historical statues about runaway pigs, pinball machines and obscene bumper stickers are still occasionally enforced. Here’s why they stay on the books.
November 15, 2019
People are more likely to evacuate if they can find safe passage for their pets, too.
October 31, 2019
Prop 65 was meant to protect Californians from toxic water. How did warning stickers end up on everything?
A local law has meant cancer warnings adorn everything from bikinis and faux leather jackets to certain foods and, for a while, coffee.
October 18, 2019
People slipping in and out of homelessness need "safe" parking lot programs like these.
October 10, 2019
Laws in many states make it a crime to have sex without disclosing your HIV status. Advocates say they may actually worsen the spread of the virus.
October 1, 2019
North Dakota’s government-owned bank has been a celebrated institution for a century. Now California might get one, too.
September 13, 2019
How will the companies react to California’s new regulations? Ask Austin.
August 27, 2019
And will it work for plastic straws?
August 12, 2019
DC offers free pre-K for toddlers. The ripple effects helped K-12 students too.
July 31, 2019
Ranked choice voting could be the future of elections in America.
July 25, 2019
Feeding animals can seem helpful. But it does more harm than good.
July 22, 2019
The city adopted a $15 minimum wage four years ago. Here’s what happened.